The Withies Inn

4.5
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364 reviews
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British
For Sundays reservations please contact the venue.
Located in the tiny hamlet of Compton in Surrey, The Withies Inn dates from the 16th century, and has been unobtrusively modernised to accommodate a small, first-class restaurant. Attractive low beams and an eclectic interior add to an atmosphere which is relaxed, informal and individual. When weather permits an attractive Pergola allows meals to be eaten out of doors in the delightful garden. Compton itself lies directly on the historic Pilgrims' Way, possessing a church with a rare two-storey chancel, and a picture gallery devoted to the works of Victorian painter G F Watts. The Withies Inn stands in unspoiled country on Compton common, just below the Hog's Back, and on the edge of Loseley Park and it's charming Elizabethan Manor House. Very well-known and mentioned in many discriminating reference books, The Withies Inn is extremely popular. A warm welcome awaits you.
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P
London
52 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having not eaten here for a couple of years, I was delighted to experience that nothing had changed! This remains the most characterful, friendly establishment with excellent personal service, first-class food and a huge amount of charm.

R
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great quality ingredients, perfectly cooked in character environment.

l
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Withies remains an inviting venue with first class service and vey good food, which has a long tradition and which it has retained admirably. It made a dinner to celebrate an 80th birthday a most enjoyable occasion.

L
London
66 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly welcoming staff who did not rush you. Food was excellent although slightly leaning towards the pricey side but none the less it will not stop me from going back. Lovely atmosphere and very cosy with a log fire burning.

JJ
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The venue itself is lovely but the food is way over priced. The service was slow and the waiters were scruffy.

CG
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing as always. ..... no need to say anymore.

A
Surrey
22 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Works Christmas dinner

k
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dining experience, brilliant service very friendly would highly recommend excellent value for money.

OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch with my wife for her birthday. We had booked which was just as well because it was busy but, the food & service was excellent in a very cosy atmosphere. A very enjoyable experience.

g
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service & food excellent as always...car parking a problem, something I have not experienced before, is it possible that people who are not patrons of the Restaurant are using the car park walkers etc ?
Otherwise excellent lunch

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. Great food, great service, cosy atmosphere.

CP
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We often go to the Withies if we want a really good meal, in an environment where we can catch up with fmaily and friends in a relaxed environment. Love the menu, great pub environment and the service is just excellent.

m
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, great service, very interesting retro menu, no complaints at all, we will be back.

K
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a perfect dining experience. Fabulous food and friendly staff.

JD
Kent
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great atmosphere and friendly staff

TM
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We have used the Withies for over 50yrs, the service remains excellent but the cooking does not justify the high prices. Ther medium/rare steak tasted fine but was medium the chips were standard fare. I could get this quality food at half the price.
Regretably farewell Withies

MP
London
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a lovely meal.

The food was perfectly cooked and beautifully presented.

The service was excellent.

PL
London
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Lunch took nearly three hours despite us getting there at 12.15pm.

L
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Lovely, extensive wine list. Super service!

SM
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful place and very friendly service but quite a wait for food despite not being too busy when we arrived.

L
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The Withies is a very atmospheric inn with a cosy environment. We would like to have given the service 5 stars as initially it very much was. However, after the main rush of serving was past, it seemed that several staff had a break and we then waited rather a long while to be served coffee, and another long wait for the bill. It rather took the edge off an excellent evening. The food was very good although vegetarians and vegans don't have much to chose from.

VG
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great service, very nice waiters , the pub brilliant. The one thing that spoils it, is the pricing.
Some of the meals don’t come with veg etc, do you end up paying extra.
The quality of the food is excellent, & would go more often if it wasn’t for the price.
Keep up the good work, as it’s hard to find a very good pub in Surrey still going.

PL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a super lunch - as always. The food is always good but it was also served quickly and efficiently which, given how busy they were, was an outstanding performance.

We have already booked our next lunch!

PT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A brilliant pub with great food and service, don’t miss this great place.

A
Surrey
22 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely as always

M
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The Inn itself is beautiful, sadly, what you Expect is not what you get. You expect something special to go with the beautiful surroundings of a 16th century pub, but alas we were disappointed. The food was “okay” nothing special and not worth the expense. The Withies has so much going for it, they need a rethink of the menu, bring the menu into the 21st century at least!

RR
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was excellent, beautiful oldie worldie pub and the waitress was lovely, treated us like we were regulars. I can see why the landlord has kept her there for 34yrs!! We'll try a Sunday lunch next.

l
London
12 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Withies always delivers. The food and service is very good. The venue is exactly what you expect from an old established Inn. Hard to fault!

DR
London
9 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local pub, excellent service and I really love the setting and ambiance.

C
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Old fashioned, rather than olde worlde. Dates menu and decor appealing only to an old clientele. A shame.

c
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food and service could not be faulted, will be back for sure.

OT
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect family dinner - trip down memory lane on the menu. Can not fault anything

A
Surrey
22 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely as always

SB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We have been coming to the Withies for years and years, and the ambience is always wonderful. The setting is beautiful and the service outstanding. However, this time the treacle tart was not up to the usual standard. AND very sad to see Suckling pig is no longer on the menu, when did you take it off?? I had planned to have it, it was my birthday lunch with my family.

DH
London
10 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hi as good as when we started visiting 20 years ago.

The added accommodations are lovely, we thoroughly enjoyed the Hayloft room.

Breakfast was as good as dinner, and the special dessert they prepared for us was yummy

MF
London
15 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely old school Surrey inn. Just needs Christopher Plumber and Susannah York in RAF uniform and a red 1938 Rover MG parked outside. Lovely staff, log fire in the winter, traditional food, timeless.

RE
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A delicious buffet in a quintessentially British pub

We were a group of architects looking for lunch close to The Watts Gallery whilst on tour. The staff at the Withies were easy to talk to and we booked the function room in advance. I would thoroughly recommend the finger buffet which was simply delicious. It fact, we took the remains of the lemon cake home. Excellent quality food with great taste. You could tell that it was all homemade. The seating was a little difficult as it was largely fixed pews, but the staff made up for it by bringing round the platters so that we didn't have to climb over each other. I'd say that anyone over 5ft 6in should be warned about the low timber beams. However, this is what you would expect from a quintessentially British pub. I'd highly recommend this pub and will definitely return.

ZA
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

I ordered a sirloin beef salad. There as absolutely no dressing on the salad and I wasn't offered any. I had to ask my colleague to pass me his peppercorn sauce he had with his ribs he ordered. The starter was nice, so was the pudding but the main was a big disappointment to me.

HJ
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Two of my foreign colleagues booked to stay 2 nights at The Withies, and we ate dinner there one night during their stay. The staff are excellent and very attentive. I can vouch for the moules and the liver, which were both perfect. The portion sizes were generous. I couldn't manage a dessert, though my guests could. Overall the meal for 4 came to about £40 per head, and I think that is very reasonable. We did not drink alcohol as that is against our employer's strict travel policy, but the wine choices were good and the prices in the region of £30 to £40 per bottle.

The setting is comfortable and relaxing. Beware of the low ceilings if you are tall, but the atmosphere is warm and comforting, with adequate light. It is perfect for relaxed dining. The seating in the dining area is close, so you may want more privacy if discussing confidential matters or if you just aren't feeling sociable.

I should also mention that my colleagues were very impressed with the accommodation too, and commented several times on how polite and really helpful the staff were. Apparently the breakfast is really good and the rooms were spotless.

I would recommend The Withies as a place to eat and as a place to stay.

PB
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stayed here during the week with my husband, the food and service was excellent. Would recommend.